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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
The Water-Lily
John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)
 
WHENCE, O fragrant form of light,
Hast thou drifted through the night,
Swanlike, to a leafy nest,
On the restless waves, at rest?
 
Art thou from the snowy zone        5
Of a mountain-summit blown,
Or the blossom of a dream,
Fashioned in the foamy stream?
 
Nay,—methinks the maiden moon,
When the daylight came too soon,        10
Fleeting from her bath to hide,
Left her garment in the tide.
 
 
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